Wednesday, December 16, 2009

FOIA Used to Attack Volunteers

The 2010 Springdale budget went to the City Council for approval two weeks early according to a newspaper article November 17, 2009.

Perry Webb and Blake Hanby announced the Chamber will begin to segregate the previously co-mingled funds and claims they will use invoices to make payments from any of the city's funds. Webb also used this forum to make the statement that the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act has been used to "target the Chamber volunteers."

Nonsense. Webb still doesn't get it.

According to a volunteer is a person who voluntarily offers himself or herself for a service or undertaking; a person who performs a service willingly and without pay.

Am I the only one to think handing out luxurious trips based upon a percentage of sales makes them something other than a volunteer?

Springdale citizens were kept in the dark about this budget meeting as it was was conveniently absent from the public calendar. The 2010 budget passed without a hitch or mention of the Chamber of Commerce and the money they will continue to receive from the city.


  1. Did the council people meet with him? That is outrageous!! Surely not ALL of the council did this??

  2. The council voted to "Pass the Budget"...the devil's in the details. there weren't 7 people in the audience that evening. would be great if the NEWSPAPER would print the events of council, with the city web site so the Citizens Would have a CLUE of what's happening in thier local government.

  3. Newspaper? We have a paper with news?